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John Hoornbeek, PhD

Associate Professor - Health Policy & Management

PhD, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2004; MA, Public Policy and Administration, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1986; BA, Liberal Arts, Beloit College, 1981.

John Hoornbeek joined the faculty of the College of Public Health in 2011, after serving as a Center Director and faculty member in Kent State University’s Political Science Department since 2006.  Dr. Hoornbeek has worked on environmental, water, and public health issues at the federal, state, and local levels of government for more than a quarter century.  His experiences have included appointments with the Wisconsin State Legislature, the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Congress, and the National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University.  His research interests are in environmental policy and regulation, inter-governmental relations, and public management.  His recent work has focused on water pollution policy, collaborative inter-governmental relations, and alternative management strategies for health services administration.  He has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed outlets and produced professional research products for a variety of public and non-profit sector organizations.   Dr. Hoornbeek has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on more than $3.5 million in externally funded projects over the last decade. 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Hoornbeek, John and Evan Hansen. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the United States, An Inquiry into the Role of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), in the International Journal of Water Governance, Special Issue on Integrated Water Resource Management (J. Edelenbos and M. Lubell, editors), Baltzer Science Publishers, 1:03/04, 2013, pages 339-360.

Hoornbeek, John and Evan Hansen, Evan Ringquist, and Robert Carlson. Forthcoming.“Implementing Water Pollution Policy in the United States:  Total Maximum Daily Loads and Collaborative Watershed Management”, a peer reviewed article accepted for publication and forthcoming in Society and Natural Resources, Taylor and Francis.

Hoornbeek, John and Aimee Budnik, Tegan Beechey, and Josh Filla. 2012. “Consolidating Public  Health Departments in Summit County, Ohio:  A One Year Retrospective”, College of Public Health and Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for Summit County Public Health.

Hoornbeek, John.  2011.Water Pollution Policies and the American States: Runaway Bureaucracies or Congressional Control?, a peer reviewed book published by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press.

Hoornbeek, John and Kerry Macomber, Melissa Phillips, and Sayantani Satpathi. 2009. “Local Government Collaboration in Ohio:  Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk?”, Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for the Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration, 2009.

Hoornbeek, John and Terry Schwarz. 2009. “Infrastructure Management in Shrinking Cities: Options for the Future”, Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for the Northeast Ohio Research Consortium, 2009.

Hoornbeek, John and Evan Hansen, Evan Ringquist, and Robert Carlson. 2008. “Total Maximum Daily Loads: Understanding and Fostering Successful Results”, Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for the US Environmental Protection Agency, 2008.

Hoornbeek, John. 2008.  “The United States of America”, a peer reviewed book chapter in Innovation in Environmental Policy: Integrating the Environment for Sustainability (A. Jordan and A. Lenschow, editors), Edward Elgar Publishers, pages 268-288. 

Hoornbeek, John. 2005.“The Promises and Pitfalls of Devolution:  Water Pollution Policies in the American States,” a peer reviewed article in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Oxford University Press, 35:1, pages 87-114.

Hoornbeek, John and Chris King, Jeannie Allen, and others. 2005. “Ten Steps to Maintain Critical Wastewater Services and Protect Public Health in an Emergency”, National Environmental Services Center, for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Hoornbeek, John. 2004. “Policymaking Institutions and Water Policy Outputs in the European Union and the United States: A Comparative Analysis,” a peer reviewed article in the Journal of European Public Policy, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Ltd., 11:3, pages 461-496.

Research Areas
  • Environmental and Water Policy
  • Public Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations

Director:  Center for Public Policy and Health

Faculty Affiliate: Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability

John Hoornbeek, PhD
College of Public Health
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
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